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Critics Sound Alarm Over Possible Changes to Synod Process (6210)

The Vatican is expected to announce this year’s procedures on Friday.

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VATICAN CITY — Critics of the as-yet unreleased changes to the methodology of the upcoming Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family say they threaten not only to smother voices opposed to certain controversial changes to pastoral practice on family and marriage issues, but also leave the meeting inconclusive and various proposals open to interpretation.

The Synod of Bishops is expected to announce new rules on Friday, but it is already clear that discussion time at the Oct. 4-25 meeting will be reduced; there will be no final message from the synod fathers, as no commission has been set up to write one; no interim report will be issued; and contentious issues largely will be left until the...READ MORE

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Synod Studies 101: A Crash Course on Marriage and Family (2365)

7 Books to Help You Prepare for the Synod

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When bishops from around the world converge on Rome for the Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family on Oct. 4, they will continue the reflection on marriage and family that they began last year, during the extraordinary synod. Topics are expected to range from premarital preparation to challenges facing contemporary families, as well as hot-button topics that made headlines last year, such as homosexuality and Communion for persons who are divorced and remarried.

In the weeks leading up to the synod, a number of new books have been released that present Catholic teaching on issues of critical importance to the family.  The authors of these seven books seek not to change what has been the...READ MORE

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Celebrate the Archangels in New York (1583)

A Visit to St. Michael the Archangel Church

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Thousands of people who use Penn Station in Manhattan every day might not realize that, less than three blocks away, the Church of St. Michael the Archangel appeared in the neighborhood before Abraham Lincoln became president.

When the parish was formed in 1857 and the original edifice built, it stood on 31st Street, where Penn Station is now located.

In those days, the feast of St. Michael was celebrated on Sept. 29, the same as today. But after Vatican II, the liturgical calendar revision now has the powerhouse trio of archangels — Michael, Gabriel and Raphael — celebrated together on the late-September date.

Back in those days, as tons of Irish immigrants arrived at the nearby docks...READ MORE

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As Synod Approaches, Nigerian Bishops Speak Up for the Family (2165)

‘We call on our government to continue to resist the attempt by some external governments and agencies to impose an acceptance of same-sex unions,’ the bishops said in a Sept. 18 statement.

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PORT HARCOURT, Nigeria — Nigeria’s bishops closed their latest assembly with a view toward the upcoming Synod on the Family, re-affirming the family while warning about homosexual activism.

The bishops said “we reaffirm the validity of the family as a divinely instituted community of persons made up of a man and a woman who are open to life in love, together with their children and relatives.”

They commended the Pope for his recent document Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus (Lord Jesus, the Meek Judge), which aimed at accelerating the process for investigating the nullity of a marriage.

“We pledge to use this new process for the pastoral and spiritual benefit of our people,” the Catholic...READ MORE

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Are You Headed to Heaven or Hell, Pope Francis: A Popular Pope on the Inevitable Cross, and More! (2689)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on Are You Headed to Heaven or Hell? by Daniel Burke of Catholic Spiritual Direction link to read more.

Are You Headed to Heaven or Hell? by Daniel Burke of Catholic Spiritual Direction - Big Pulpit

Pope Francis: A Popular Pope on the Inevitable Cross – Diane Montagna, Aleteia

Book Teaches Virtue Can Affect Our Entire Lives, Not Just Our Sexuality – Elizabeth Scalia, OSV Newsweekly

Pope Francis Asks Cardinals to Review How Church Vets Future Bishops – Cindy Wooden, Catholic Herald Magazine

Franciscan University of Steubenville Classmates (’90s) All Become Leading Evangelizers – OSV Newsweekly

Eve Tushnet’s Spirituality of Humiliation – Wesley Hill, First Things

Pope Francis Must Choose His Words Carefully During Africa Visit – Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith, Catholic Herald Magazine


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The Cathedral and the City (2566)

COMMENTARY: As with Benedict XVI in 2008, Pope Francis’ visit to New York featured a signature moment that highlighted his pastoral approach.

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A crowd congregates outside of Madison Square Garden in New York City, as Pope Francis celebrates Mass on Sept. 25.

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The magnificent papal visit to the United States had many highlights, but a signature moment was the Mass in Madison Square Garden. There, the distinctive pastoral approach of Pope Francis was most evident, just as the signature moment of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit in 2008 was his homily at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

New York’s cathedral restoration had been completed just before Pope Francis arrived on Sept. 24, and its interior radiance was such that many viewers on television initially did not recognize it. In April 2008, Pope Benedict used the cathedral as an image of the Church in a homily that was typically lyrical and profound, taking his departure point from the beauty of the Catholic...READ MORE

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Francis and the Family (3126)

From the moment he arrived until he returned to Rome, the Holy Father's fundamental focus in America was proclaiming the beauty and value of the family.

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The Walker family from Argentina embraces Pope Francis Sept. 27 after their 11,000-mile journey by car to see the Holy Father in Philadelphia.

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PHILADELPHIA — When Pope Francis stepped foot on American soil for the first time in his 78 years of life, the person who welcomed him wasn’t Barack Obama, president of the United States.

It was Barack Obama, head of the Obama family; Obama was joined on the tarmac by his wife, Michelle, and their two teenage daughters, Malia and Sasha, and his mother-in-law, Marian Robinson, as well as Vice President Joe Biden and his family.

This was a symbolic indication that, despite the media frenzy that did its best to indicate otherwise, the Holy Father’s three-city visit would focus on something more fundamental than politics: It would focus on the family.

Pope Francis said as much when he told...READ MORE

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Full Transcript of Pope Francis’ In-Flight Interview From Philadelphia to Rome (4648)

Topics discussed included clergy sexual abuse, divorce, the new annulments process, women’s ordination to the priesthood, the migrant crisis and the right of government officials to conscientious objection.

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Pope Francis speaks to journalists aboard his flight from Philadelphia to Rome on Sept. 27.

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VATICAN CITY — In a 47-minute question-and-answer with journalists on his way back to Rome, Pope Francis touched on sensitive topics such as forgiving abusers and conscientious objection, as well as the upcoming synod of bishops and women’s ordination.

The Pope answered 11 questions posed in English, Spanish and Italian Sept. 27 while on board his American Airlines overnight flight from Philadelphia to Rome.

Among the themes addressed were the new, streamlined annulment process; women’s ordination to the priesthood; the migrant crisis; and whether or not government officials have a right to conscientious objection.

He reaffirmed the Catholic Church’s position on women’s ordination to the...READ MORE

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